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Glens Falls National Bank Welcomes New Commercial Relationship Manager

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (May 28, 2021) — Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company recently welcomed Caitlin King as Assistant Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager for the Northern Region, including the Plattsburgh area.

In this role, Ms. King will help to cultivate, support and grow our commercial client portfolio. She will also assist in the economic development of the communities served through commercial lending and business banking solutions.

Ms. King brings over 10 years of banking and business services experience, as well as extensive knowledge of banking and lending to small businesses. She grew up in the North Country and was most recently working in the Charleston, SC banking industry before moving back to the area.

Ms. King is currently an active member of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and participated in the North Country Connection Class of 2019.


Ms. King holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and currently lives in Champlain, NY with her family.

“seeing is believing” by Ron Nolland at The Strand Center for the Arts in June

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is excited to host “seeing is believing,” a photographic exhibition featuring work by photographer, Ron Nolland, in the Main Gallery. This upcoming exhibit will open in The Strand Center Main Gallery on Friday, June 4, 2021. A free reception will be held from 5:00-8:00 pm that night.

Plattsburgh native Ron Nolland has been photographing the world around him for years, developing a collection of fine art images seen in galleries and shows throughout Northern NY. With most of his images based on nature, he looks to find patterns and details hidden in plain sight, striving to find more than originally meets the eye. Most of his images are from close to home, for he feels that if we look close enough, the sublime patterns of nature are there waiting for us to capture them. His work is focused on helping people see and believe in what is not always apparent at first glance.


Concerning the exhibition, Nolland states; “This show, especially after the long pandemic, is a wonderful opportunity to exhibit many of my more recent pieces that have had very limited exposure.  I have some old favorites of course, but I also have several brand-new photographs that have never been shown anywhere before. Most of the images are based on my desire to help the viewer see and believe some of the subtle, and not so subtle patterns in the world around us.”

This unique exhibit will be on view in The Strand Center Main Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh from June 4 to June 25, 2021. The exhibition opening is Friday, June 4 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. This event is free to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information on these exhibits, upcoming events, concerts, or classes happening at The Strand Center for the Arts, please call 518-563-1604 or visit

May 26, 2021 

Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group is pleased to announce the appointment of,

Jennifer Barrett as Vice President.

“Jennifer has played a critical role in Hickok & Boardman’s growth over her eleven year tenure with the firm by developing and integrating our risk management offerings into our business client relationships”, said Paul Plunkett, President and Chief Operating Officer.   

Jennifer joined Hickok & Boardman in 2009 and became a stockholder in 2014.  Jennifer has twenty years of experience in the insurance industry.  Fifteen years of which have been focused specifically in the field of risk management.

Jennifer is a licensed Property & Casualty Insurance Agent, a licensed Workers’ Compensation Insurance Adjuster, and holds a Certified Risk Manager, Construction Risk Insurance Specialist and Registered Workers Compensation Specialist designation.

Please see the attached Press Release for our first scheduled Theater Event for 2021!

We are ecstatic to bring back some live entertainment to the public!

Heather LaValley
The Strand Center for Arts

Higher Ground, in co-production with The Strand Center for the Arts, is pleased to announce Postmodern Jukebox will perform at the Strand Center Theater in Plattsburgh, NY on Wednesday, October 27th, 2021.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 21st at 10am ET. POSTMODERN JUKEBOX Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 Strand Center Theater in Plattsburgh, NY $84 | $64 | $54 | $44 advance, + $5 day of show Doors 7:15pm, Show 8:00pm All ages.

ANNOUNCE: Monday, May 17 at 10am ET PUBLIC ON SALE: Friday, May 21st at 10am ET Tickets at and

Strand Center for the Arts
Organization Update For Immediate Release Board of Directors – May 2021
The Strand Center for the Arts is pleased to announce our current and upcoming plans to fully re-open our campus beginning in summer 2021.


While many elements of the Strand have been shuttered to the public since March of 2020, namely the Strand Center Theatre, in the coming months we welcome you to join us as we resume full operations in a safe and effective manner. These past 14 months have allowed us to refocus, reflect, and pivot as an organization and we have much to share.
The Strand Center Theatre officially re-opens with Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox’s “Grand Re-Opening Tour” on Oct 27, 2021 in co-production with Burlington based Higher Ground. Over the last few months, we have successfully formed a partnership with Higher Ground who produces concerts and festivals throughout the Northeast. This partnership is aimed toward a sustainable future and ongoing productions of the highest quality. We are dedicated to its success and take this moment to thank their entire team. We look forward to showcasing all genres of music, comedy and other special presentations on our stage.

CITEC Names New Executive Director

CITEC Business Solutions has named Steve Lockwood as Executive Director. He has served as interim director since October 2020.

Lockwood brings his leadership experience in manufacturing and sales to help CITEC's clients grow their businesses. A lifelong North Country resident, he has held various positions at Camoplast/Rockland, Multina USA, General Motors and served as Director of Vocational Programs at Citizen Advocates. Steve's roles at CITEC have included Business Advisor, Business development director, and now executive director. As CITEC's executive director, Steve connects North Country businesses with the broad range of resources and NYS assets available across the region, and develops and strengthens CITEC's programs and services to deliver comprehensive, proven solutions to fuel growth and advance manufacturing and other businesses in the North Country.

"Steve's leadership through the transition period has brought stability during a very challenging time," said CITEC Board of Director President George Bouyea. "We look forward to working with him for many years."


For Immediate Release   5-12-21

Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Plunkett as President and Chief Operating Officer.  Scott Boardman will continue as Chief Executive Officer.

“Paul has been an instrumental part of our success and we are excited to promote him into this key position”, said Scott Boardman, CEO. 

Paul brings over 33 years of insurance experience to this position.  Paul began his career at Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group in 1988, as a Commercial Property and Casualty Agent, became a Principal of the firm and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1994.  He was elected Senior Vice President in 1999.  

In 2018-2019, Paul served as President of the Vermont Insurance Agents Association.  He holds a Certified Insurance Counselor designation and is a member of the Vermont Chapter of Certified Insurance Counselors.  Paul resides in Burlington with his wife and four children.


Celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, H&B Insurance Group serves Vermont and the surrounding states in both business and personal insurance. 




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